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Feb 20

Written by: J. Gerry Purdy
2/20/2013 

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If your child owns a phone, you would have observed that they carry it around with them at all times. Haven't you? The mobile phone has become a non-negotiable lifeline to the rest of the world for older children and teenagers. Some people may even admit to sleeping with their phones on their nightstands!

Why Do Teenagers Text?

Keep in mind that nowadays, teens practically never call one another on the phone. They communicate through text. Consider sharing everything with your middle and high school friends just through text messages? Each sentence you say is converted into one or two text messages, and in this way, you send countless messages. While sending 10,000 Text messages per month is a little higher than average for teens, it is still well within the norm. Your child is correct: they are an average person. Well, text messaging is not used for communication. It is also a great way to arrange meetings at specific locations. Moreover, text messaging is also used to exchange information where phone calls seem to be a little wired. And in addition to that, the students also use text messaging to share the after-school homework.

Children's Lives Are Intertwined With Texting

There are certain advantages to texting. A child's sense of belonging can be enhanced by texting. Texting can assist timid youngsters in becoming more outgoing. Texting is a convenient and rapid way to communicate with friends and check in with parents. Texting can be highly useful in an emergency. The texting habit of kids has been aroused so tremendously that parents look so concerned as the texting habit of their kids, which has become an essential part of their social lives. Parents usually have little knowledge of the content their kids have been sending through text messages. As a result, many parents feel and believe that texting undermines their authority.

Texting and Other Media Distractions:

Kaiser Family Foundation research was conducted in 2012. The study has revealed that an average 8-18-year-old spends 7 hours and 38 minutes on entertainment media, making more than 53 hours of every week. Aside from the time spent on media, the average youngster sends 60 text messages every day. It means that both media devices and texting have become the ultimate distraction for youngsters.

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